12 Outlets for Technology-Inspired Fun

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Accolades heaped upon the Triangle in recent years offer evidence that our region ranks among the country's hottest, most technology-driven areas. Here are 12 places your family can plug into for some high-tech fun and learning.

1. Centennial Campus Library – Raleigh. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library on N.C. State University's Centennial Campus features book-retrieving "bookBots," interactive exhibits, modern study spaces, an Apple technology showcase, the iPearl Immersion Theater and much more.

2. Museum of Life and Science – Durham. This interactive museum offers high-tech exhibits and activities, as well as occasional family workshops.

3. Marbles Kids Museum – Raleigh. Kids learn about technology in a fun and challenging way through the Kid Grid and STEMosphere exhibits.

4. Microsoft Store – Durham. Gaming events, educational workshops, free camps and free Xbox Kinect gaming system trials make learning about technology fun.

5. Apple Store – Durham. Hands-on browsing is encouraged. While parents and older siblings try out new devices, younger Mac users can entertain themselves at a technology table designed just for them.

6. Kids Code Tuesdays! Tech Talent South – Raleigh. Free sessions offered year-round where kids learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other coding basic.

7. Gamesturz – Raleigh. Gamesturz offers a gaming lounge, video game tournaments and Kids' Night Out activities.

8. N.C. Science Festival – Locations throughout the Triangle. This 16-day festival in April features dozens of tech-centric activities for kids and families.

9. The Iron Yard – Durham. Kids program interactive stories, games and animations, or build their own websites via free classes offered throughout the year.

10. Techsplorers – Chapel Hill. Fun, high-tech courses for kids include Line-Following Robots, Lawn Mower Engines, Intro to pic-1-courtesyoftechsplorers.jpgAerospace and Sonic Rangefinder. These courses are offered through weekend workshops or custom events and can be tailored to meet your needs.

11. STEM for Kids – Locations throughout the Triangle. STEM for Kids provides year-round activities in engineering, robotics and computer programming. For any camp offered, children can attend a single half-day workshop or work out a customized schedule.

12. Engineering for Kids – Locations throughout the Triangle. Kids experience technology in a fun and challenging way through weekend classes and parties. The hands-on classes offered at various community centers include Mechanical Engineering, Lego Robotics and Electronic Game Design.

Many of these programs also offer summer and track-out camps. Check out our camp directory for more information.

Robyn Kinsey Mooring is a Durham-based writer and the mother of two boys.

Photos courtesy of N.C. State University and Techsplorers


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